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SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Instead of a warm home on Christmas Eve, Taylor Hamilton's family is out playing detective.

When you love somebody deeply, you pull out all stops said Trent Fisher, Taylor's uncle.

His 16-year old niece vanished last Thursday.

She was last seen getting into someone's car at the McDonald's at Highway 6 and Bissonnet Street.

That's where we met for our interview.

I chose this spot because I felt like this is somewhat of our starting point where we can put pieces of the puzzle together, Fisher said.

The 9th grader from George Bush High disappeared with a backpack and two pairs of jeans. She was wearing a purple hoodie with a black tank top underneath, jeans and black boots.

Taylor has no known boyfriend but Fort Bend detectives consider the 16-year old a runaway.

We just want to make sure she's not hurt, said her aunt Kristina Pipes. We want to make sure that she's been eating that's she's not been taken advantage of. You think the worst you don't know what's going on.

Pipes can't help but thinks things might be different if Taylor's mom hadn't died of pneumonia in 2005.

I almost feel that if my sister was here maybe, none of this would be happening you know, said Pipes. It's also bringing back the fact that she's not here.

Taylor's family admits they didn't always keep up with what was going on in her life and maybe missed some signs.

We don't quite know what was going on at school, admitted Fisher. We don't quite know what was going on maybe with her friends her surroundings.

Do you regret that now, asked reporter Tiffany Craig.

Yes I do, Fisher replied.

So, her family is hoping for a miracle.

It's really not Christmas, said Pipes. It's not a holiday. It's just us looking for her.

If you have seen Taylor Hamilton, you're being asked to call the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at (281) 341-4704.

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